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Canning previously frozen foods?

by Doc

If my electric went out can I cook then can frozen veg's, meats?


Hi, that is a great question. My answer with meats is yes. Be sure it is completely thawed and then pressure can as usual.

Canning Meat

With Vegetables, I believe it would be safe, what I'm not sure of is the quality of the final product. I'm afraid it might get mushy.

I did a search for more information from my extension service and did find this article.

If Your Freezer Stops

In discussing options for when the freezer goes out this comment was made:

"keep canning supplies on hand to preserve food when there is no chance of using your freezer soon."

I would make the assumption that means it is safe. They do not mention the quality of the food after canning.

But sometimes mushy green beans are better than no green beans Eh?

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Oct 09, 2014
canning previously frozen
by: Becky

I had gone to my Mom's house when she was out of town on vacation and the electricity was out. She forgot to pay before she left and it was Friday night. I grabbed every canning jar she had and canned everything in her freezer and refrigerator. Everything turned out great. It tasted the same as veggies that had not been previously frozen. She had blanched everything for about 3 minutes before she froze it so they didn't come out overcooked at all. It is fine to can previously frozen foods.

Oct 30, 2014
previously frozen veggies and meat
by: Anonymous

If I lost my freezer,I would dehydrate everything. Of course if the reason the freezer stopped was a power outage, you are kind of sunk anyway unless you have a camp stove you can safely run a pressure canner on.

I usually buy only frozen veggies (when on sale) because of the salts and preservatives in canned. then because they are already blanched, I take them straight from the freezer and dehydrate them.

This allows me to 'put up' my own foods and have some control over the quality. I am having some physical difficulties that makes having a large garden next to impossible. So this is my way of keeping my hand in and doing my part for stock piling for my grandsons.

Oct 30, 2014
by: pennypincinmamas

What the expiration date from the date of canning? Is there a guide for this?

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